Types of veg­etable gar­den beds

Winnipeg Free Press - Section F - - HOMES -

Un­framed bed In its sim­plest form, a gar­den bed is cut out of the turf, and the level of the gar­den soil is sim­i­lar to that of the nearby ground, or slightly raised once amend­ments are added and soil is fluffed with a fork.

This sim­ple form is per­fectly fine in many cases and works es­pe­cially well where the soil drains quickly. Ba­sic raised bed A raised bed pro­vides im­proved drainage and, best of all, the soil warms up faster in the spring. It is es­pe­cially use­ful where the soil is heavy or poorly drained.

Mak­ing a raised bed can en­tail bring­ing in ad­di­tional soil, but doesn’t have to. Co­pi­ous amounts of com­post and rak­ing soil from the path­ways onto the beds will achieve the same ef­fect. Over time, the bed be­comes higher with the con­tin­ued ad­di­tion of com­post.

Raised beds don’t need sides to hold the soil in place. In fact, they’re eas­ier to dig with­out sides. The soil might mi­grate a bit over the sum­mer, but not a lot. A height of 15 to 20 cm is eas­ily achieved with­out side­boards.

Steven says: I grow onions along the sloped edges of my raised beds as a way to make use of that space. Edged raised bed A more for­mal look can be achieved by edg­ing your raised beds with brick, stone or wood. The beds can be as sim­ple or as com­pli­cated as you wish.

Sum­mary: Re­mov­ing or cov­er­ing turf al­lows you to jump right in with gar­den-mak­ing. There is no need to spend money at the hard­ware store for lum­ber or raised bed kits if you don’t want to.

— Post­media News

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